Do the Write Thing contest explores effect of violence

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Mecklenburg County Support Services’ Project Safe Neighborhoods program has teamed up with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge.

The essay contest asks middle schoolers to examine the effect of youth violence in their own lives. They are encouraged to participate through any written forum of expression, such as essays, poems, plays or songs. Essays are due Feb. 6.

Participating principals, teachers and students will be invited to attend the contest’s annual local reception in April, where winners and their families will be congratulated. One male and one female winner also will be eligible to travel to Washington, D.C. as Charlotte’s ambassador to the National Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge later this year.

School resource officers assist with essay grading. For information on how to enter the contest, visit or call 704-336-8630.

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